A think tank of diversity practitioners

Michael Wheeler

Michael L. Wheeler

Founder, The Diversity Performance Factors (DPF) Project™ and DPF™ Model and Process President, GD&I Enterprises

President, The Diversity Collegium


Called a "Pioneer of Diversity" by Diversity Journal, Michael L. Wheeler has been recognized internationally for his leadership and roles throughout his career. For over two decades Michael has worked extensively with Fortune 500 Companies, and also with government and not-for-profits.

Corporate Executive: As Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom Media Group, the second largest media services company in the world, and as Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy & Business Insights for Merck & Co. Inc., a global pharmaceutical, he successfully built and led Global D&I strategies and initiatives.

Not-for-Profit Leadership: As Program Director and Researcher at The Conference Board, Michael envisioned, built and led their Diversity & Inclusion area of expertise which included authoring seminal research, designing and directing global conferences and launching the nation’s first Fortune 500 corporate executive Council on Workforce Diversity. He also co-created and led the Global Work-Family Roundtable as well as co-authored the quarterly publication of the same name.

Entrepreneurship: As an entrepreneur he has launched his own businesses, created The Diversity Performance Factor (DPFs) Project™, the Diversity Performance Factor (DPF)™ model and process and designed The DPF Impact Forum™.

Thought Leadership: Known for a number of "firsts," Michael has been published extensively on the topic of Diversity, cited in newspapers and magazines around the world and appeared on television and radio. He authored the first special sections on Diversity & Inclusion for both Harvard Business Review and Business Week.

Original Research and Articles: A contributing author to the recently published book, "Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion," by Bernardo Ferdman and Barbara Deane, Michaels original research and articles include the following:

Harvard Business Review: (Special sections on Diversity)

  • "Diversity Now: Real Results, New Opportunities," March, 2006
  • "Diversity: The Performance Factor," March, 2005

Business Week: (Special sections on Diversity)

  • "Developing Tomorrow's Leadership Today," December 1999
  • "Capitalizing on Diversity: Navigating the Seas of the Multicultural Workforce and Workplace," December 1998
  • "Global Diversity: A Key for Success," December 1997
  • "Diversity: Making the Business Case," December 1996

Conference Board:

  • "The Diversity Executive: Tasks, Competencies and Strategies for Effective Leadership," 2002
  • "Corporate Practices in Diversity Measurement," 1996
  • "Diversity: Business Rationale and Strategies," 1995
  • "Diversity Training," 1994

Professional Roles and Volunteerism:

  • Diversity MBA Magazine, Advisory Board
  • Nike, CSR Report, External Advisory Committee
  • Conference Board, Vice Chair, Council on Global Diversity & Inclusion
  • EEOC National Workplace Issues Roundtable, Participant
  • American Advertising Federation, Mosaic Council Member
  • The National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Advisor
  • New School University, Milano Graduate School of Management, Adjunct Professor
  • Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB), Expert Panelist


Master of Science, Milano Graduate School of Management, New School University, New York City
Bachelor of Arts, California State University

Contact Information

Michael L. Wheeler
GD&I Enterprises LLC
Phone: 786.390.9823